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CINEMA JOVE 2021

Cinema Jove rende omaggio alla regista britannica Lynne Ramsay

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Cinema Jove rende omaggio alla regista britannica Lynne Ramsay
La regista Lynne Ramsay (© Giornate degli Autori)

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“This prize couldn’t be more appropriate, bearing in mind the whole philosophy of this festival, because the films of Lynne Ramsay centre on children, teenagers and young people with problems that are out of the ordinary. Her way of dealing with her characters’ key conflicts has a lot to do with taking a sensorial approach, giving the image prominence over the dialogue,” pointed out the artistic director of Cinema Jove, Carlos Madrid, as he talked about the Luna de València Award that the Scottish director will receive at its 36th edition, set to unspool from 18-26 June. The gathering on the east coast of Spain will screen her entire filmography and will even unfold in the presence of the filmmaker, who will take part in a conversation with the press and the audience.

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Cinema Jove 2021’s Official Competitive Section for Features comprises ten titles. Belgium’s Anne Sirot and Raphaël Balboni, who were present here in 2019 with their short film With Thelma, are returning to Valencia with their feature debut, Madly in Life [+leggi anche:
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, a bittersweet tale about Alzheimer’s disease that reflects the difficulties it can pose for family life. Stop Zemlia [+leggi anche:
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, the first film by Ukraine’s Kateryna Gornostai, maps out the doubts, desires and close friendships of a group of students, while Kosovo’s Norika Sefa is taking part with Looking for Venera [+leggi anche:
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, a powerful drama that reflects on the double standards with which a woman’s sexual awakening is treated in the closed-minded surroundings of the Balkans. Meanwhile, Ferit Karahan sets his second film, Brother’s Keeper [+leggi anche:
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, in a boarding school in Eastern Anatolia, as he depicts the repression suffered by the Kurdish population.

The First Death of Joana by Brazil’s Cristiane Oliveira broaches the very timely topic of sexuality and gender. Also hailing from Brazil is Ecstasy, in which Moara Passoni ponders her anorexia. In The Whaler Boy [+leggi anche:
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, Russian first-time director Philipp Yuryev has crafted a reflection on the search for love, the transition to the adult world and the difficulties of coming of age emotionally in a fiction title set in a Siberian town specialising in whaling.

Also tackling an exodus, albeit in this case one from the city to the countryside, is All the Pretty Little Horses [+leggi anche:
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, a Greek family thriller by Michalis Konstantatos. The Penultimate [+leggi anche:
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, the feature debut by Denmark’s Jonas Kærup Hjort, is a satire about human existence in times of lockdown. And the Competitive Selection for Features is rounded off by Australia’s Friends and Strangers, in which James Vaughan offers his take on the Millennial generation.

Standing out in the special sessions is the second effort (following Asamblea [+leggi anche:
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, which recently scooped accolades in the Zonazine section of the Málaga Film Festival, with the Silver Biznaga for Best Spanish Film and that for Best Actor for its young lead, Jorge Motos. And then there’s Berlanga Desconocido, in which four unreleased short films by the Valencian filmmaker will get an airing, in celebration of the centenary of his birth.

Furthermore, Cinema Jove 2021 has programmed a selection of 56 shorts hailing from 25 countries, and also present and correct are its usual strand dedicated to novel and daring web series, the El joven Godard (lit. “Young Godard”) section, the – highly successful – sidebar called Los dioses del anime (lit. “The Gods of Anime”), plus another devoted to movies that take place in secondary schools. “They are places where teenagers learn, in terms of both academic content and life lessons that are not scribbled down in their notes,” sums up Carlos Madrid.

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